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In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

If you want to know about the new regulations and their effect on the industry, or the progress of alternative testing methods, or to stay on top of the latest regulatory requirements , we've got you covered!

Clarity still needed for EU Cosmetics Regulation

22-Oct-2014 - While the aim of the EU Cosmetics Regulation that came into play last year was to harmonise the current laws, and in the most part it has, there are still...

Are French lavender farmers losing the battle against warning labels?

17-Oct-2014 - French lavender farmers have complained loudly about warning labels for cosmetic and fragrance products containing lavender oil, but it seems like regulators are going through with the move regardless....

Slack-fill: How much is too much?

15-Oct-2014 - A recent lawsuit in California brought against a cosmetics brand for slack-fill highlights the pitfall this area presents. Lawyer to the cosmetics industry, Angela Diesch, points out how to avoid...

SCCS rules concentration of 10% for UV filter in sunscreens

15-Oct-2014 - The Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety has ruled UV filter 1,1'-(1,4-piperazinediyl)bis[1-[2-[4-(diethylamino)-2-hydroxybenzoyl]phenyl]-methanone (HAA299), safe at a concentration of up to 10% in sunscreen products. ...

Guest article

Spike in false advertising legal challenges to the cosmetics industry

14-Oct-2014 - Companies across the country have been defending themselves against consumer class actions challenging advertising for cosmetics, report three leading law experts from the practice Sidley Austin LLP.   ...

Law firm takes action over beauty cream allegedly containing unlabeled steroids

09-Oct-2014 - Tristate area law firm Whitfield Bryson & Mason is set to take legal action over Mario Badescu’s Control Cream and Healing Cream, alleging that is has been found to contain...

EC calls for opinion on 3 more hair dye ingredients

07-Oct-2014 - The Commission has requested opinions on the safe use of three hair dye ingredients; HC Red No 17, Basic Blue 99, and HC Blue 18. 

Cosmetic Compliance Summit targets clarity on EU regulations

03-Oct-2014 - The Cosmetics Compliance Summit 2014 is set to open its doors in London for three days from October 14th, with a comprehensive programme that aims to enhance clarity on EU...

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning

02-Oct-2014 - Unilever holds its head high after winning an ad battle over its Dove soap after it had dryness claims questioned, and the Advertising Standards authority ruled in its favour.

Product Recall

Unilever recalls roll-on deos in Belgium due to contamination

01-Oct-2014 - Unilever has had its Belgian subsidiary recall 50ml bottles of its Neutral Roll-on deodorant after it discovered bacteria in samples of the deodorant it tested, which could affect vulnerable people...

EC steps up safety limits on more cosmetic preservatives

30-Sep-2014 - The Commission has restricted the use of three more preservatives in cosmetic products in an effort to 'strengthen the protection of consumers'.

NGOs concerned with 'future of environmental health' under Jean-Claude Juncke

26-Sep-2014 - HEAL, the Green10 and other Brussels-based NGOs have contacted the European Parliament with ‘grave concerns on the future of environmental health' under the newly appointed Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker.

No European cosmetics concern over exposure to phthalates

18-Sep-2014 - After a US study claimed that if children are exposed to certain phthalates while still in the womb, it could increase their risk of developing asthma; experts in Europe have...


The new European Commission - who's who and what it means for the industry

12-Sep-2014 - As newly elected European commissioners prepare to take their seats in November, Cosmetics Design takes a look at who's who and how the change-up may impact the cosmetics sector......

Health claims law trips up tea firm

03-Sep-2014 - A company promoting healthy teas has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after falling foul of the EU's nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

Life Sciences week - SEURAT-1 reports progress on animal testing

29-Aug-2014 - The EU's biggest ever initiative on alternative testing, SEURAT-1, is presenting its latest progress report at the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences this week. ...

Industry: consumers are not getting the right information about chemical risks in cosmetics

29-Aug-2014 - The industry has spoken out on apps like 'Toxfox', designed to help consumers find chemicals in cosmetics, stating that the context of concentration levels and health risks is not being...

Friends of the Earth extends 'ToxFox' app

28-Aug-2014 - The German NGO has extended its mobile app, ToxFox to android devices after a successful launch which allows users to check cosmetics for EDCs.

BfR rules microparticle health risk as 'unlikely'

28-Aug-2014 - The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has looked into whether a dermal or accidental oral uptake of PE-micro plastic particles from cosmetics pose, and concluded a health risk unlikely.  ...

German BfR forum to focus on aluminium health risks

26-Aug-2014 - The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is hosting its’ 15th Consumer Protection Forum which is set to focus on the health risks of aluminium present in deodorants....

EC amends restriction on four preservatives and a UV filter

14-Aug-2014 - The European Commission has amended the use of preservatives cetrimonium chloride, steartrimonium chloride and behentrimonium chloride and nano-UV filter tris-biphenyl triazine in cosmetics.

Regulation Explained

A look at the EU Cosmetics Regulation a year on – work to be done

14-Aug-2014 - The EU Cosmetics Regulation aims to offer clarity on what can be a complex industry, but there is still confusion over certain aspects and areas, with a few processes still...

Natrue adopts IFOAM definition for acceptance of organic raw materials

12-Aug-2014 - As it looks to combat confusion surrounding the definition of what constitutes ‘organic’, Natrue has adopted the IFOAM technical definition of what constitutes an accepted organic standard.

EC report further reveals cosmetic focus from TTIP negotiations

01-Aug-2014 - The European Commission has published an official report from the sixth round of TTIP negotiations which reveals the EU and US to be proceeding with prioritising chemicals for assessment, and other...

Denmark concerned over 'Depend GelLack' nail polish product

31-Jul-2014 - Denmark has flagged up nail polish product ‘Depend GelLack’, following a number of consumers experiencing allergic reactions.

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